The Snowmads have taken peaceful Donkey Kong Island and turned it into a frozen fortress. Now it’s up to you and the Kongs to take it back.

Swing, swim, leap, and barrel-blast your way through tons of eye-popping levels to save DK Island from a permanent freeze.


These ice-lovin' marauders come from the northern seas—and they're not giving up DK Island easily.


Whether you’re a newcomer to the series or a Donkey Kong Country veteran, there’s a variety of different ways to play.

Funky Mode

Play as Donkey Kong or that spectacular surfing simian, Funky Kong, in a more casual gaming experience. Newer players will appreciate the extra hearts and being able to get items at a discount at Funky’s Fly ‘n’ Buy, while speedrunners will love blasting through levels on Funky’s surfboard at a blistering pace!

Check out these Funky moves!

Use Funky Kong’s surfboard to hover over obstacles and protect yourself from spikes.

Swim underwater as long as you like.

Original Mode

Looking for the classic—and more challenging—Donkey Kong Country experience? This is the mode for you.

Unlock Hard Mode

Looking for the ultimate challenge? If you collect all the K-O-N-G letters in each level and complete all of the hidden island Secret Seclusion levels in either Original or Funky Mode, you can select "Hard Mode" at each level while being able to control any KONG available in that save file.

Go bananas with a buddy

Whether you’re playing Original or Funky Mode, you and a friend can team up and take on the Snowmads side by side. Each player can use a single Joy-Con controller, so no additional accessories are required.* Player 1 controls Donkey Kong or Funky Kong** while Player 2 controls one of their pals—Diddy, Cranky, or Dixie—and their special moves.

*Nintendo Switch Pro Controller also supported (sold separately).
**Funky Kong only available in Funky Mode.

Test your best against the world

After you’ve beaten a level, you can replay it in single-player mode and try to beat your time in Time Attack. If you beat your best time for a level and are connected to the Internet, you can upload your new time and replay to the online leaderboards and see how others did.

Island Hopping

These six scenic locales are as gorgeous as they are challenging.